SimpleTEXT: June 5th @ EYEBEAM NYC (Tomorrow Night!)

Posted by Jonah Brucker-Cohen | Mon Jun 4th 2007 4:28 p.m.


SimpleTEXT: June 5th, 2007 @ EYEBEAM, NYC

* Below is information about the next SimpleTEXT peformance on
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 @ Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology

This event is in conjunction with the Upgrade NYC

Please forward to those who might be interested in attending the performance!

*a cell phone enabled interactive performance* by Family Filter

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 (7:30 pm) - Beginning with a talk by Jonah
Brucker-Cohen, Performance at 8pm)

Bring your Cell phone and/or Wireless Laptop to contribute to the performance!

540 W. 21st Street, (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Web Site:
Map Link:



About SimpleTEXT:
SimpleTEXT is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that
relies on audience participation through input from mobile devices
such as phones, PDAs or laptops. SimpleTEXT focuses on dynamic input
from participants as essential to the overall output. The performance
creates a dialogue between participants who submit text messages
which control the audiovisual output of the installation. These
messages are first parsed according to a code that dictates how the
music is created, and then rhythmically drive a speech synthesizer
and a picture synthesizer in order to create a compelling,
collaborative audiovisual performance.

To date, SimpleTEXT has been shown 13 times in 9 countries across
Europe and North America.

SimpleTEXT focuses on mobile devices and the web as a bridge between
networked interfaces and public space. As mobile devices become more
prolific, they also become separated by increased emphasis on
individual use. The SimpleTEXT project looks beyond the screen and
isolated usage of mobile devices to encourage collaborative use of
input devices to both drive the visuals and audio output, inform each
participant of each other's interaction, and allows people to
actively participate in the performance while it happens.Our purpose
with the performance is to create the possibility of large-scale
interaction through anonymous collaboration, with immediate audio and
visual feedback. SimpleTEXT encourages users to respond to one
another's ideas and build upon the unexpected chains of ideas that
may develop from their input..

SimpleTEXT is an example of an interactive piece that works well in
crowded public spaces such as social and unruly atmospheres where
heckling, irony, criticism, and sarcasm are common modes of
communication. The project is a large-scale piece in terms of scale
of audience interaction, where the communication between audience
members is tangible and direct.

SimpleTEXT is created by Family Filter, a collaboration between Jonah
Brucker-Cohen, Tim Redfern, and Duncan Murphy. It was originally
funded by a commission from Low-Fi, an new media arts organization
based in London, UK. This event is sponsored and hosted by EYEBEAM
and The UpGrade.

The Upgrade:

About SimpleTEXT including video documentation:
SimpleTEXT video on YouTube:

Jonah Brucker-Cohen -
Tim Redfern -

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